Center for Produce Safety

Research funded by the Center for Produce Safety is looking for a cost-effective method to detect Cyclospora in irrigation water, including a paper-based in-field water test.

The project seeks to use short strands of synthesized DNA, or aptamers, to bind to the target of interest — in this case, Cyclospora’s

Continue Reading Project looks for cost-effective ways to monitor Cyclospora in agricultural water

Teresa Bergholz and Jade Mitchell, both Ph.D.’s with Michigan State University (MSU), hope to characterize the changes that E. coli O157:H7 goes through on romaine lettuce during post-harvest cold storage.

Their project is titled “Quantifying risk associated with changes in EHEC physiology during post-harvest pre-processing stages of leafy green production.”

Continue Reading Project examines E. coli’s viability during romaine post-harvest cooling

The Center for Produce Safety has awarded funding to researcher Paul Dawson, Ph.D., with Clemson University, to examine the potential pathogen contamination risks from dry surfaces in packinghouses, something few studies have looked at.

Dawson chose to examine the survival of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella on dry surfaces in lab-simulated peach packinghouses.

Continue Reading Researchers study dry surface risks in packinghouses

Sanitizers, surface treatments, technology, viruses, ag water, packing sheds and Cyclospora are just a few of the topics at this year’s Center for Produce Safety Research Symposium. The symposium is scheduled for June 21-22, 2022 in San Diego, CA.

Thirty-two scientists are going to share the results of their fresh

Continue Reading CPS research symposium agenda covers a myriad of food safety topics

The Center for Produce Safety has announced its 2022 Professional Development Program award recipients.

The goal of this program is to provide young professionals the opportunity to develop and improve engagement, gain insight, knowledge and career skills with the fresh produce safety community.

Registration is still open for the 2022
Continue Reading CPS announces 2022 Professional Development Program award recipients